Baroque Cycle
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  • 1
    Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
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    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    Ambitious and entertaining

    The Baroque Cycle is a hugely ambitious work, sweeping across 17th century history. Quicksilver, the first book in the cycle, is centred on the early ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 September 2010 by Iain (AberdeenUnited Kingdom)
  • 2
    King of the Vagabonds: Book Two of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    King of the Vagabonds: Book Two of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
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    A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe - London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer - risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox...and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

    Introducing Jack and Eliza

    If you have read "Quicksilver" and were not put off by the negative reviews for the first book your efforts will be rewarded and you will so..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 March 2011 by Christopher (Pinxton)
  • 3
    Odalisque: Book Three of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    Odalisque: Book Three of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
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    The trials of Dr. Daniel Waterhouse and the Natural Philosophers increase one-hundred fold in an England plagued by the impending war and royal insecurities - as the beautiful and ambitious Eliza plays a most dangerous game as double agent and confidante of enemy kings.

    Eliza doesn't sound like Katherine Kellgren!

    Love the Baroque Cycle and Simon Prebble's narration of it. Tolerated Kevin Pariseau's curious phrasing of the quotes at the beginnings of each chapte..Show More »

    Reviewed on 08 April 2014 by Amazon Customer ()
  • 4-5
    The Confusion: Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    The Confusion: Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
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    In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves, including one "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe, devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

    'Epic' now has a whole new definition...

    This series gets better and better!

    The Baroque Cycle really is vast. Part of me wants to listen over again from the start to make sure I ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 06 December 2013 by Music lover (Dundee, Scotland)
  • 6
    Solomon's Gold: Book Six of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    Solomon's Gold: Book Six of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
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    The year is 1714. Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, where he joins forces with his friend Isaac Newton to hunt down a criminal gang attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers with "Infernal Devices," or time bombs. Unbeknownst to Daniel, however, Newton has an ulterior motive: to wrest the Solomonic Gold from the control of his arch-enemy, the master counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds.

    London for the imaginary tourist

    I finished this part of Stephenson's epic reluctantly; at a mere 3000 pages this book is not nearly long enough for my taste. So I am pausing to r..Show More »

    Reviewed on 01 December 2010 by Christopher (Pinxton)
  • 7
    Currency: Book Seven of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    Currency: Book Seven of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Neal Stephenson, Kevin Pariseau
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    Daniel Waterhouse finds himself embroiled in a dark conflict that has been raging in the shadows for decades. It is a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint (and closet alchemist) Isaac Newton and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a. Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds.

    Fact or Fiction?

    In this part of Stephenson's epic we continue our tour of historic London, visiting places as diverse as Parliament, Newgate Prison, Bedlam and the..Show More »

    Reviewed on 27 December 2010 by Christopher (Pinxton)
  • 8
    The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle | Neal Stephenson

    The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
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    In this concluding volume of Neal Stephenson's epic work, "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe must escape the noose of Jack Ketch; the rivalry between Newton and Leibniz comes to a head; and Daniel Waterhouse pursues his dream to build the Logic Mill

    The road to Tyburn

    This final part is a satisfying completion of the Baroque Cycle and a fitting climax to its ingenious narrative. The last three parts stand together ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 January 2011 by Christopher (Pinxton)